Cundill Prize in History at McGill 2012 winner-PRESS RELEASE
Stephen Platt wins the $75K Cundill Prize in History at McGill
Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, The West, And The Epic Story of The Taiping Civil War
earns largest international prize for History, $75,000 (USD)
Author Stephen Platt is the winner of the 2012 Cundill Prize in History at McGill University for his book Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, The West, And The Epic Story of The Taiping Civil War (Alfred A. Knopf). The announcement was made at a gala dinner at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Hotel held last night in Montreal.
The two finalists, Steven Pinker - The Better Angels of our Nature: The Decline of Violence in History and Its Causes (Allen Lane) and Andrew Preston - Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy (Alfred A. Knopf Canada) were awarded "Recognition of Excellence" prizes of $10,000 (USD) each. The finalists were chosen from 142 eligible submissions, representing publishing houses from around the world.